Surviving Spring Break with Kids
When you’re young and carefree in your happy college days, spring break is a week of fun that seems to last only a day, either because of the old saying, “time flies when you’re having fun” or because you never sleep the whole time, effectively turning it into one giant party. But spring break when you have small kids around is no break for you, and it’s not really cool to plop them in front of the TV all day every day.
However, there is some good news: it doesn’t have to be a week of being agitated by your kids that would normally be at school annoying the dickens out of their teachers. Here’s how to have fun and make that time fly by.
- Go to the park
On a day when you have lots to do, make this a stop along the way. Take some time and let your kids swing on the swings and slide down the slide. Chase them around a bit too. You’ll appreciate it later when you don’t have to do anything to get your little munchkins to fall asleep at bed time.
- Visit a museum
Just because they’re not at school doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be learning something. Museums are really great for that because they really make learning fun. Bonus if you have a children’s museum or even a science museum nearby. They typically offer the most interaction for your little ones.
- Arrange a fun play date
Misery loves company, so find some other moms with kids that can play with yours. You can enjoy coffee or wine as you have grown-up conversations and the kids will be busy playing and having fun. Win-win!
- Make it a date
You can surprise your little guy with a date to his favorite pizza place, or take your whole brood out to see a movie. Got girls? Why not take them to a kid-friendly spa and enjoy some pampering, mom and daughter-style? Try mini-golf, playing games at an arcade or bowling too. The possibilities are endless here and are only limited by your imagination.
- Plan a cool trip
Even if you have a tight budget, you can still go somewhere even for just a day. This will take a little planning and coordination on your part, but if done correctly, will be fun for the whole family. Some families can go all out on their expenses, and if you have the funds for that, I envy you. Seriously though, you can still find some cool places to run off to from theme parks to beaches to ski lodges. The only challenge here is making sure your children behave, getting them to sleep in an unfamiliar place, and making sure they don’t wander off while you’re out. Which is a lot of work, but you’ll be making some great memories and isn’t that what really counts in the end?